10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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10 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
Fly:  3​h
1
Colombo
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 45​min
2
Nuwara Eliya
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h
4
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Sigiriya
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Bengaluru

3
nights
Colombo

Colombo ©
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Venture out of the city with trips to Negombo (Negombo Beach & LUV SL Negombo). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, tour the pleasant surroundings at Galle Face Green, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and pause for some serene contemplation at Borella All Saints Church.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Colombo trip itinerary builder tool .

Bengaluru, India to Colombo is an approximately 3-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Bengaluru in January, with highs in Colombo at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Negombo
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

2
nights
Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya ©
Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
On the 27th (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Hakgala Botanic Gardens, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sita Temple, and then explore the activities along Gregory Lake. On the next day, relax in the rural setting at Bluefield Tea Gardens, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple, then stop by Mackwoods Labookellie Tea Centre, and finally admire the natural beauty at Victoria Park of Nuwara Eliya.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Nuwara Eliya attractions planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Uda Walawe National Park.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Hakgala Botanic Gardens ©
Hakgala Botanic Gardens
Gregory Lake ©
Gregory Lake
Bluefield Tea Gardens ©
Bluefield Tea Gardens

2
nights
Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe National Park ©
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
On the 29th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Elephant Transit Home and then look for all kinds of wild species at Udawalawa Safari.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Uda Walawe National Park trip builder .

You can drive from Nuwara Eliya to Uda Walawe National Park in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park
Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)
Discover Sri Lanka by Lakpura ©
Discover Sri Lanka by Lakpura

1
night
Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
On the 31st (Wed), see the interesting displays at Raja Museum, then steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kandy trip builder app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Uda Walawe National Park to Kandy takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

1
night
Sigiriya

Sigiriya ©
The historic rock of the same name dominates the landscape of World Heritage-listed Sigiriya, where the steep and striking lava plug contains the ruins of an ancient empire.
On the 1st (Thu), make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, don't miss a visit to Sigiriya World Heritage Site, and then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at sigiri art gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Golden Cave Temple and then explore the fascinating underground world of The Golden Temple.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Sigiriya trip builder .

You can drive from Kandy to Sigiriya in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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